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2LT Steven Eugene Backhaus

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2LT Steven Eugene Backhaus

  • Birth 8 Oct 1947 Nebraska, USA
  • Death 21 Dec 1969 Quang Nam, Vietnam
  • Burial Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
  • Memorial ID 98520993

2LT - 01 - Marine Corps - Reserve
2nd Lieutenant - Company D - 1st Battalion - 5th Marines
1st MARDIV - III MAF

RECIPIENT OF THE PURPLE HEART


MILITARY DATA:
Service Branch: United States Marine Corps
Grade at loss: O1
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Promotion Note: None
ID No: 505583998
MOS or Specialty: 0301: Basic Infantry Officer
Length Service: 02
Unit: D CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF
CASUALTY DATA:
Start Tour: 12/11/1969
Incident Date: 12/21/1969
Casualty Date: 12/21/1969
Age at Loss: 22
Location: Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam
Remains: Body recovered
Casualty Type: Hostile, died outright
Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
Casualty Detail: Other explosive device
Status Date: Not Applicable; was not MIA
Status Change: Not Applicable; was not MIA
Repatriated: Not Applicable; was not MIA
Identified: Not Applicable; was not MIA

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THANK YOU to Travelingal for the update on Steven's burial information - it is greatly appreciated.

Steven Eugene Backhaus began his tour of December 11, 1969; he was killed in action ten days later, on December 21, 1969 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam.

He was 22 years old.

Mr. Backhaus' death is listed as "Hostile - Ground Casualty, Other Explosive Device" - recent paperwork has verified that Mr. Backhaus was killed with four others when their truck hit a mine, southwest of Dai Loc.

There is comment that Steven Backhaus was from the state of Nebraska, married and Protestant, and that he had at least one child - because these individuals may still be living, I will not list further information about them unless given permission to do so.

Steven's parents, Frederick and Ramona Backhaus, are listed as having survived their son.

Mr. Backhaus is listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - Panel 15W, Line 76.

I am in no way related to this young man, and would be happy to transfer the page to any of his relatives, should they come across this; I would also appreciate personal comments and/or photos to add to the memorial, if they are available.

This memorial page is being placed online on what would have been Steven's 65th birthday.


"These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They may or may not sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead." ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Sir, RIP.


  • Created by: Rhonda C./Friends
  • Added: 8 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 98520993
  • Rhonda C./Friends
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Steven Eugene Backhaus (8 Oct 1947–21 Dec 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98520993, citing Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Rhonda C./Friends (contributor 47795548) .